Last week, Curator of Collections Carolyn Ducey and Guest Curator David Hornung discussed the International Quilt Museum's new exhibition, Cloth Constructions. Guest Curator David Hornung has selected 11 artists who embrace a spirit of experimentation that reflects prevailing trends in textile construction. These artists’ work honors tradition while pointing to the future. Hornung’s interest in handmade textile crafts dates to a youthful affinity with the aesthetic philosophy of the Bauhaus, which collapsed the hierarchy between “high” and “low” art.
For six years in the early 1980s, Hornung made and exhibited work that integrated the vocabularies of Modernist surface organization and traditional patchwork. He forged enduring connections with early practitioners of studio quilts. These relationships have remained influential, and Cloth Constructions pays homage to the conversations that have flowed within and from them.